31 Oct '11, 3pm

Are Bottlenecks Endemic to the Grid?

On Thursday, September 8th, 1.4 million households in Southern California lost power in a outage that started with some routine maintenance work on a power line in Arizona. Another 56 000 customers back in Arizona, and a few hundred in the Mexican state of Baja California, were also affected. Power was restored over the next two days. At the time, the headlines were dominated by the idea that a single electrical worker could be to blame . That misses the main story almost entirely. Why was a problem on a single high-voltage power line not contained to a single substation? My guest today is here to help answer that question. Roberta Gamble is the director for energy and environment at Frost & Sullivan , an analytical research firm that specializes in emerging technologies and markets. She joins us by phone from Mountain View, California. This interview was recorded 12 Septe...

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